Visitors spoilt for choice
The Great American West is a region of the United States that includes the States of Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming. These states are home to numerous national parks, monuments and memorials that preserve the nation’s natural resources and rich heritage. From Montana’s Glacier National Park to Yellowstone, the nation’s first national park in Wyoming, Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota, Badlands National Park in South Dakota and the Craters of the Moon National Monument in Idaho, visitors to the region are spoilt for choice.
From monuments to memorials
Add monuments, memorials and must-visit locations such as Mount Rushmore and Crazy Horse in South Dakota, Fort Abraham Lincoln and the Maah Daah Hey trail in North Dakota, Devils Tower and Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming, the Beartooth Highway and Little Bighorn Battlefield in Montana and Hells Canyon and Sawtooth National Recreation Areas in Idaho and the attractions are overwhelming. And that’s just for starters.
Road trips steer visitors toward awe-inspiring landmarks
Road trips are one of the best ways to see the region; by RV, car, motorbike, motor coach or even bicycle with breathtaking scenery that changes around every corner; from the awe-inspiring scale of the Rocky Mountains, to natural geothermic wonders, whitewater rivers and mountain lakes or the famed roads and scenic byways themselves; some of the best and most spectacular drives in the nation. The Going-to-the-Sun Road in Montana, the Chief Joseph Scenic Highway in Wyoming, the Needles Highway in South Dakota, the Enchanted Highway of North Dakota, or the White Pine Scenic Byway of Idaho, are a few not to be missed.
Idaho equals adventure
Winter-lovers are also well and truly catered for with some of the best skiing and boarding resorts and destinations in North America including Big Sky, Montana; Jackson Hole, Wyoming or Sun Valley in Idaho. Ice-fishing, dog-sledding, snowmobiling and snow-shoeing on the trails of North Dakota and South Dakota or simply relaxing by a roaring log fire and taking in scenic wonders of the outdoors with a good book.
Immerse yourself in the West
Featuring strong Native American culture and heritage, the history of the west and the arts of the cowboy, diverse pristine natural environments, an abundance of unique wildlife and offering a year-round destination and outdoor activities for all ages, it is no wonder the Great American West region has captured the attention of Australian and New Zealand travellers who are in search of authentic adventure; who are bold and daring; and who are willing to unplug and immerse themselves into the true heart of the West. www.greatamericanwest.com.au; www.greatamericanwest.co.nz; www.facebook.com/GreatAmericanWestAUNZ